Billabong wetsuits are a part of the world known clothing brand Billabong. Billabong was founded by Gordon and Rena Merchant in Australia in year 1973 and has grown from a small surfwear company to one of the biggest players in the surfing industry. The name Billabong comes from Australian name for a lake that lies next to a river – like a former branch that is now a dead end. As far as their wetsuit department goes, they recently aqured another wetsuit manufacturer. With the expansion of Billabong the company purchased a very well know wetsuit company that comes from Hawaii – Xcel Wetsuit. Xcel recently won the “Wetsuit of the Year” award and is also one of the worlds top wetsuit manufacturers.
The company went public in 2000 and since you can buy their shares on the stock exchange they have made quite a few purchases in the surfing industry. Besides Billabong and Billabong wetsuits and besides already mentioned Xcel wetsuits, they also own a few other in the surfing world well know brands:
- Von Zipper (2001)
- Element (2002)
- Kustom and Palmers Surf (2004)
- Nixon (2006)
- Xcel wetsuits(2007)
- Tigerlily (2007)
- Quiet Flight Surf Shops (2008)
- Dakine (2008)
- Sector 9 (2008)
With all that in mind, we can be sure that Billabong wetsuits are among best wetsuits out there. With big company and lots of funds, there also comes big money for the development department. So if you buy a Billabong wetsuit you can be sure you are getting top of the line stuff. Their team riders list is also quite impressive (to put it mildly) – Andy Irons, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, Mark Occhilupo, and Dave Rasta Rastovich.
We won’t be getting into specific Billabong wetsuit models since this page is more of a presentation of Billabong wetsuits and Billabong as a company. But you are welcome to comment on various models and tell what you think about them, and share your personal experiences. Or you can check the wetsuit review section of this website.
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